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  1. xs2man


    I had some firestones on a car YEARS ago. I was a lot younger then, and didn't know much about tyre differences. I do know that while attempting an overtake with these on, the car in front attempted to run into the side of me, I tapped the brakes, 2 of the tyres started to slip, put me in a spin, and wrote the car off. I have never used them again. Nor will I ever use them again. They are maybe better now, but I'm quite sure there are much better tyres out there than these.
  2. I have heard, from people on another car make forum, that the Brembo stuff you get from ECP and CP4L are different from the "usual" Brembo stuff. I would not buy Brembo from them, as your experience shows.
  3. Is it? That's all I get out of my 2015 1.5 TDI TiTX.
  4. xs2man


    Yes, I am also glad someone else can see the RS3's for what they really are. Also agree with the P6000's. I had them on a car years ago, and changed them for P7's, which were only a little better IMO. There are, for sure, some exceptions to the "get what you pay for" idea when it comes to tyres. But I have found that, in general, if you can stick to Goodyear, Michelin or Continental, you are pretty safe. I only really dislike the wear rate on the Continental tyres I have bought, so rarely are considered. As I said on my first post, I have tried many budget, and mid-range tyres. My favourite of which being the Vredestein. They really were a good tyre, and I would happily recommend them to friends or family if they didn't have the cash for a premium tyre. For example, the tyres I have on my current fleet include Davanti winter tyres on my 2006 Honda CRV (hate them tyres, but they were new when I bought the car, and just now at least am too cheap to change them for something better. But they spin up too easy, feel very "washy" on the road, and are loud). My 2001 Volvo S40 has a combination of Michelin Cross Climates on the front and Primacy 4's on the rear. My Clio 197 F1 has some Yokohama tyres on it (I think), but I've only had that car a month, and am getting all the mechanical bits sorted before putting PS4's on it. And my Focus has the Assy 5's. So a range of tyres at a range of budgets really.
  5. xs2man


    No no no. I wasn't meaning to "have a dig" or anything. Just giving my opinion based on my experience. And obviously, not every kind of tyre can be found in every size. But I generally find that the smaller the tyre, the smaller the cost to go for an actual good tyre is. Obviously though, if that's all you can afford, then that's fine. But I know when it comes to my family's safety, and my own, there are other areas of my life where I'd rather scrimp and save the money than the only contact area between the car they are travelling in and the road. The argument about the Porsche 911 is a non-argument also. There is more to a quality tyre than how much grip it has round a corner. There is braking also. And in this country, wet braking is particularly significant too. And that has nothing to do with how powerful your car is (granted a more powerful car may have more powerful brakes). Have a look here: http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/2019-Summer-53-Tyre-Braking-Shootout.htm And tell me that for the sake of a few quid, it's worth the potential of crashing at 25 mph instead of avoiding the collision altogether? Hopefully you never need to use it, but you'll be glad you spent the money if you do need to. (The Goodyear Asymmetric 5's won this test). It's not even like it's necessarily a lot of money. Just had a quick check on Camskill for tyres prices in the relatively common 215/55/16 tyre size, and the Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance (No Asymmetric 5's in this size, at least from Camskill) comes in at £74 compared to £65 for the Avon SV7 at the start of this thread. £9 a corner isn't a huge amount to be paying for the extra safety IMO (a couple of coffees or something?). For reference, I also just compared the size of tyre I put on my Focus, as that is obviously the Asymmetric 5 that won that braking test. That was 225/45/17. And came it at £61 vs £53.50, so about £8 difference to stop about 6.5m quicker in the wet.
  6. xs2man


    Eeek. All these cheap tyres makes me nervous, lol. I buy a reasonable of cars (and sell obviously), so have had various different cheaper tyres on many of the cars I've bought, and have been skint sometimes too, so have tried cheaper tyres in the past. So have a reasonable amount of experience with different tyres of all budgets. Here are my thoughts. Autogrip / Landsail / Arrowspeed and whatever other ditchfinder super-budget tyres I get on a car are usually ditched at the earliest opportunity. To me, at least, they always feel dangerous in the wet, and rarely much cope in the dry either. Sure, you may get a million miles out of a set, or 3k, I dunno? But I value my life too much to chance crashing my pride and joy over a few quid on the only points of contact that keep the car on the road. I had a set of Avon winter tyres a few years ago on a people carrier. Only during winter months to be fair, the benefits of having specific wheels for winter driving. The fronts wore down at an incredible rate. Probably due to not really being much cope when it was cold and dry, but they were OK despite the regular wheelspin off the line (probably shouldn't have remapped the 7 seat family bus). The rears, by comparison, had about 5mm left when the fronts were done, so in hindsight, I should have swapped them around. I've had Uniroyal Rainsport 3's a few times. Never got much mileage out of them any time I've had them. Usually between 6-8k per set. Wouldn't buy again. Ok in the wet, not great in the dry. They are the tyre of choice of internet heroes though, and you are forever getting told about people mates who have them on their RS6 and wouldn't touch another tyre brand. Well, they are about 2/3 of the price of Michelin PS4's in the same sizes, on average, but get half the miles out of them. So they are more expensive and worse in all conditions than the PS4's, so never again. I had the older Vredestein Sessantas on an mapped 335d BMW, and they were actually quite good. Car felt planted, and the tyres didn't spin up much despite the 340+ BHP and enough torque to turn the earth underneath it. And after 16k on them, I sold the wheels and tyres, and the fronts still had 5mm and the rears 5.5mm. So decent wear rate too. I had Goodyear Excellence RFT's on my BMW 530d when I bought that car. The tracking was off on the rear or something, and wore through the inside edges, so they needed replaced. Found a bulge in one of the front tyres too. But the remaining tyres did 46k on it before I sold the car, and still had over 4mm tread on it. So would buy these again. Despite being over £300 a tyre on that car (from the dealer). Had some Yokohama something or others on my Edition 30 Golf GTI when I bought it. They were actually not too bad. And wear rate seemed ok on them too. But I got a puncture, and decided to put the PS4's all round, and what a difference they made. So much better in all conditions, felt so much more planted. And could corner WAY better in the dry. I sold the car around 5k after putting them on, and you could barely tell they were used. Think they still had 6.5mm or similar on them. Wouldn't hesitate to buy them again. On my current Focus, it came with Bridgstone S001's (I think), they were ok, but nothing special. Again, got a puncture in one of them, os decided to swap them all out. The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Assy 5's were just released, so took the opportunity to try them. No complaints so far. Drives nice, handles well, good in wet and dry conditions, and just the other week the car was in for a service, around 10k after putting the tyres on, and there is at least 6mm on each tyre. So I suspect I should get at least 25-30k out of them. To be fair, I have been accused of being a tyre snob in the past. But I have experience and reason to back up my thoughts. TDLR; Tried loads of different tyres, generally, better tyres get better longevity (Continentals generally excluded), and work better in all conditions. Get Goodyear Assy5's or PS4's if they do them in your size, and they will be cheaper per mile than almost anything else.
  7. Sorry. Only just seen this. For some reason I wasn't notified of your reply / quote. I have been looking for the guide I used originally, but cannot find it. And it was now so long ago, I cannot remember the process. Sorry. I think there are guides available on sites such as gpspower or gps underground. Probably too late now. This is true. To some extent. They are cheap enough at around £20 a pop, and when I realised this after going through the process with the F7 maps, I was disappointed with myself to some extent (on the other hand, I like to get a bit geeky occasionally, and actually enjoyed trying to figure it all out). But then, because I did fight through and get it sorted last time, all I needed to do this time was download the F8 maps and copy them over to the card (keeping the sdkey file) and that was it. Updated to F8 with very little trouble. And will do so again when F9 maps come out.
  8. Oh yeah, don't care about tyres. Almost every set of alloys you see for sale has some sort of ditchfinder on it. Or even worse, them horrible Rainsport 3's that everyone seems to think are actually good. So I fully expect to have to put on decent tyres regardless of what I get. So that's not a problem. Just finding a set of wheels is the issue. As you say, my location doesn't help.
  9. See, I'm all up for buying a set of 18's. If I can find them. Even ebay doesn't seem to have much about. Nothing reasonably local on Gumtree, or on FB Marketplace. For some reason, I can get VAG fitment 5x112 all over the place, but fords 5x108 seems a LOT rarer. I can, admittedly, get the older style ST wheels easy enough though, but I much prefer the updated style, so not gonna waste my time with the older style. Do Mondeo wheels fit the mk3.5 Focus? Is it just an offset question? Or is the CB differences too?
  10. So, I picked up a mk3.5 Focus TitX a few weeks back. Really liking the car. Apart from one thing. The hugely expensive standard tyre size. 215/50/17 is a crazily expensive size. I was wondering what affect it would have to stick a set of 225/45/17 tyres on instead? Thats a much better priced tyre. So, Costco are doing a deal on Michelin tyres just now, so was thinking of going for a set of cross-climates, since winter is coming, and I do live in NE Scotland. I would usually run winter and summer wheels, where I'd stick winter tyres on the original wheels, and summer tyres on upgraded wheels, but since the standard tyre size is already stupidly expensive, I'm not going that route. So here is the costs.. Model Size Price each fitted x4 Crossclimate+ 215/50/17 W £125.98 £477.52 Crossclimate+ 225/45/17 W £85.18 £314.32 So, a difference of £163.20 over 4 tyres. I mean, some people I know wouldn't pay that for the tyres, never mind the difference, between the same tyre, in a slightly different size. The alternative, is to try and find a set of nicer ST wheels or something in 18", get a nicer 225/40/18 tyre, and stick PS4's on them. That'll still only be £311.16 in tyres. Still £184.04 cheaper than PS4's in the standard size. What The Heck. As you may have guessed, I'm not really interested in dropping tyre quality to save money at the same size. I'd rather either stick a slightly different tyre size on, or I'd want to just buy bigger wheels for cheaper tyres. The problem with that then becomes finding a decent set of wheels, for a decent price, ha ha. TD:LR Can I put on 225/45/17 tyres in place of 215/50/17
  11. I too have done similar testing to nitten_traveller. I tested all the different fuel brands that were available reasonably close to me. So all the supermarkets (well, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons), then the bigger "premium brands" (Shell, BP and Esso). I also tried "premium diesel" where it was available. And I tracked the average fuel economy over 4 tanks of each (as in 4 tanks of Tesco, then 4 tanks of Asda etc...). This was in my 530d that I had at the time, which I bought new, but performed the testing after 12 months, so around 15k miles on the engine, so it was run in to some degree. But as each tank was 550+ miles, I was looking at around 2,000 miles per fuel type, so a reasonable amount of miles. In the end, I noticed almost zero difference in economy. Asda diesel was slightly worse, on average, per tank, netting about 30 miles less between fills. That's relatively significant. The Tesco, then I found Morrisons to marginally be the better of the supermarket fuels. Shell and BP didn't matter between them. Except BP was significantly more expensive, and more awkward for me to get to. And their premium fuels also yielded little difference. In economy comparisons. Although they did feel a slight bit more responsive after the second tank run through them. However, the premium shell diesel near me, from Shell, is a full 11p per litre more than the regular diesel. And so I felt it really wasn't worth it for regular fill ups. Maybe once or twice a year, in case there were any additive that might help flush parts out or something. But not regular for sure. Unfortunately, my closest Costco Fuel Station (Edinburgh also) is around 100 miles away. Else I'd probably try to fill up there most often.
  12. I just used a Sandisk 64GB microSD that I picked up from amazon for around £11. Just stuck the F7 maps on it today. Seems to be working fine.
  13. So, this is my first foray into Ford ownership for something like 15 years away from the brand (I was hanging with Ze Germans). For the past 3 years or so, my family car was a Seat Alhambra (Ok, so the Spanish too. It's basically the same as a Galaxy though, right?). But, alas, it developed a catastrophic engine failure (oil pump), and so I was in need of a new(-ish), reliable, cheap(-ish) motor. So, cue the need to hire a car for a personal trip of over 1,000 miles one weekend, and low and behold, the hire company gave me a... Fiat Tipo. It was ok. But halfway in, when the wife and I were to swap driver, the driver seat height adjustment didn't work. So I had to do the full 500 mile trip myself. Having just that morning travelled back from Norway to Aberdeen, I found myself then driving down to Bristol. Great. Anyway, got down south, and moaned to the hire car company, who gave me a Focus. Drove it back up, and quite liked it. It wasn't OVERLY economical, but then neither was I trying to be. Instead trying to drive right up the country in the quickest time possible, while keeping my license. And it didn't quite make it door to door on a full tank. But apart from that, it seemed like a nice place to sit for such a journey. So decided to have a look. Now, I wanted Nav (I liked the Sync 3 system in the rental), and cruise, as I do such trips a few times a year. Beyond that, I wasn't too bothered about spec. But once I started looking, I didn't notice too much of a significant difference in price between various level of spec. Certainly around me (I was willing to travel upto about 100 miles). Anyway, I found a nice 2015 Titanium X, with 28k on it, and a nice colour (not white or silver), for what looked like a reasonable price. So I went for it. Has a lot of nice features, such as the lane guidance thing, adaptive xenons, Sony sound system, self park, full leather etc... OK, its only Sync 2, but that can be sorted later. Had it 2 days now. Driven it about 40 miles more than the drive home, and have already updated the maps to the latest, ordered carpet mats, as the dealer included rubber ones, which my wife is allergic to, and ordered a bunch of detailing stuff of the Gtechniq variety, for if it ever stops raining. So that's it. That's how I ended up with a Ford again. And I am happy to be back. Meanwhile, I am looking for a "toy" for me. Am a little undecided on what to go for at the moment. I've been looking at Clio 197's amd Audi A8's (for proper luxo-barge cruising down the motorways). BUT, there is a nice Mondeo Titanium X Estate with the 2.5T I have now been spying... Maybe watch this space?
  14. So, it turns out I am a bit of an idiot, lol. For some reason known only to the numbskulls in my head, I thought I needed the serial number off the F5 card rather than off the microSD I was going to be using. So after several attempts of being a tube, I finally popped the new microSD in my phone and extracted the serial number. I then formatted to exFAT as there was that file that was going to be too big. So after that, popped all the files back on, with the first .key file generated from the microSD serial, tested in the car, and voila, F7 maps. £11 off amazon for the microSD was a fair bit cheaper than the £200+ from Ford. Even almost 50% cheaper than the already cheap cards off ebay. And all I'll need to upgrade now is to download F8 maps when they are released. Thanks for the help.
  15. So I have another SD card, would it work just using that? Only one way to find out I guess. EDIT: Quick update. So I tried it initially in exFAT formatting. Wasn't recognised. So formatted to FAT32, and one of the files was too big for the file system. D'oh...